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Politics GOP Senate candidate Lauren Witzke defends 'patriotic masculinity' of Proud Boys

01:25  02 october  2020
01:25  02 october  2020 Source:   thehill.com

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GOP Senate candidate Lauren Witzke on Thursday defended the right-wing Proud Boys group on Twitter, arguing that the male-only organization exemplifies "patriotic masculinity."

a woman standing in front of a building: GOP Senate candidate Lauren Witzke defends 'patriotic masculinity' of Proud Boys © Facebook: Lauren Witzke GOP Senate candidate Lauren Witzke defends 'patriotic masculinity' of Proud Boys

The Delaware Republican's tweet came in response to an article reporting on Witzke praising members of the group for providing free security at one of her campaign rallies. The story from the Delaware News Journal labeled the Proud Boys as "a far-right group with a history of violent confrontations."

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Lauren Witzke , a GOP Senate candidate in Delaware, joined a church service on Sunday in defiance of Gov. John Carney’s lockdown order. “The Witzke campaign, unlike Senator Chris Coons, will not sit idly by while the government deprives Americans of their most basic rights, and we look forward to

Ledwith said Toese and another man, Proud Boys and Patriot Prayer supporter Donovan Flippo, got out. Toese was arrested at Patriot Prayer events in Portland last August for disorderly conduct, and again in December for disorderly conduct, harassment, assault, and an outstanding warrant.

"I'm not sure when patriotic masculinity, defending yourself, and being Christian became 'Far-Right,'" Witzke tweeted.

"I also don't recall the Proud Boys rioting and looting the city of Wilmington like ANTIFA did, either," the candidate added, referring to May protests in the Delaware city that turned violent as some demonstrators looted businesses.

It was not clear whether antifa, a loosely affiliated collection of left-wing anti-fascist demonstrators, was directly responsible for the violence.

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With fears of dangerous clashes between demonstrators and counter-protesters, the idea was that federal charges would allow for harsher penalties against members of the Proud Boys and other right-wing protesters if they committed crimes.

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On Wednesday, Witzke had tweeted that she was "grateful" to the Proud Boys for "volunteering their time to keep myself and my supporters safe" at one of her rallies.

The praise came a day after President Trump was asked to condemn white supremacist groups during Tuesday night's presidential debate.

Trump asked moderator Chris Wallace of Fox News to "give me a name" when Democratic rival Joe Biden pointed to the Proud Boys, an organization that the Southern Poverty Law Center calls a hate group.

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Proud Boys were founded in 2016 as an all-male organization dedicated to “ defending Western values.” Its members have clashed with Antifa and other left-wing groups in demonstrations across the US, including on the side of another right-wing group, the Patriot Prayer.

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The president called on Proud Boys to "stand back and stand by," a remark that drew immediate backlash. Trump eventually said Wednesday that the Proud Boys should "stand down" while talking to reporters after a campaign trip to Minnesota.

Democrats had called on Trump to denounce the group, which describes itself as "a pro-Western fraternal organization for men who refuse to apologize for creating the modern world; aka Western Chauvinists."

Witzke's remarks follow her primary victory last month over attorney James DeMartino by double digits.

The conservative politician has had to distance herself from allegations that she supported the QAnon conspiracy theory that claims without evidence that Trump is working with the military to break up a bureaucrat-run child sex trafficking ring. Witzke had previously tweeted one of the group's slogans and was seen wearing a QAnon shirt.

"I certainly think it's more hype than substance," she later said of the theory in response to the allegations of her support.

Parler, the social media network of choice for the Proud Boys, says its activity tripled during the debate where Trump mentioned the group .
Parler is a social media platform popular with Trump supporters and used by the right-wing Proud Boys group.A Parler spokeswoman told Business Insider that the site saw "a very large user spike during and after the debate," and that traffic rose to "about 3x normal load.

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